Medical screening tests which can sometimes be done with home medical test kits, will alert you to potential health problems so they can be prevented. They can also tell you how well you are aging.
DNA testing which is done at a genetic testing lab, is somewhat outside the scope of this article, but in the future DNA testing may well become part of the standard list of screening tests as the use of a genetic testing lab becomes cheaper and more widespread.
Here are what I consider the five most important health screening tests, and the reasons you need them!
How I Chose Them….
Please understand that this ranking of the five most important medical tests is MY OPINION. I chose these based on their ability to detect the root causes of accelerated aging and chronic disease.
Some people may well disagree with my choices of health screening tests and the rationale behind them.
Please keep this in mind, and never substitute the information you see on this website for the advice of a trained medical professional. It is intended to make you think and expand your awareness of these health issues, not as a substitute for formal consultation with your doctor.
With that said, here are my top five medical screening tests. Keep in mind though that every one of these health screening tests is important in its own right!
Home medical test kits are available for many medical screening tests now. Always follow up with your doctor to for further testing to pinpoint problems and recommend treatment options.
Carotid ultrasound is a non-surgical and painless test that is used to determine the amount of blockage of your carotid arteries. This is done by using ultrasound to create an image of the inside of the arteries.
Homocysteine –homocystiene is a toxic intermediary amino acid that causes severe inflammation in arteries. Elevated homocysteiene is silent and painless, but but can lead to:
- heart disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
The serum homocystiene test gives you advanced warning about potential life threatening cardiovascular problems, so that you can make needed changes and head off serious illness.
C-Reactive Protein – This is the major inflammatory marker that indicates high levels of inflammation in your body. This is another case where elevated levels are not something you would feel. It takes a test to detect them. High levels of inflammation lead to chronic illness, so you need to get the levels of this marker down by lifestyle changes
Hemoglobin A1C – The hemoglobin A1C is a blood test that is used to determine your blood sugar levels averaged over a 3-4 month period. The A1C blood test measures the amount of glucose that is bound to the hemoglobin in your blood. The binding of glucose and hemoglobin is called glycation The greater the degree of glycation, the faster you will age and the more your health will suffer.
Cholesterol LPP or VAP Test – These are cholesterol tests that use “fractionated” cholesterol and triglyceride values to measure the specific types of cholesterol and tryglycerides that can cause damage to your arteries.
The Antiaging Connection
How are these medical screening tests related to antiaging? Remember that antiaging is really being proactive about preserving your health. All of the chronic health problems mentioned above are related to the aging process. That is the risk of these problems increases with age.
The key factor that these tests will detect is inflammation, and that issue can be dealt with using diet, targeted nutritional supplements, and other strategies such as Earthing or grounding,
These health screening tests in a sense, tell you how you are aging, and knowing the results can allow you to make lifestyle changes and adjustments that can prevent significant health problems from developing.
Other Important Medical Screening Tests
There are a number of other important tests, such as:
- Chemistry panel
- Hormone profile
- Breast Thermography
- Neurotransmitter balance
All of these tests help detect serious potential problem giving you a chance to make needed corrections to your lifestyle that will allow you to head off serious complications.
Whenever possible you want the flexibility (with home medical test kits) to keep tabs on your body with testing you can do at any time, which will still be effective in identifying major health risks.
The top five medical screening tests will allow you to see the problems coming well beforehand and give you a chance to head off potential trouble!